17 Best Climbing and Vining Vegetables for Containers You Can Grow Vertically

11. Cucumbers

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Cool and crispy, cucumbers are warm season vegetables that thrive best when there is a rise in temperature. The compact, moderately long vines make them suitable for container growth. Certain varieties perform better in containers than others. Excellent options in choosing cucumbers for pots include the bush varieties such as Salad, Hybrid, and Picklebush.

Also Read: How to Grow Cucumbers Vertically

12. Bitter Melon

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Bitter Melon is one of the most popular vegetables grown in South-East Asia. Like cucumber, melon or pumpkin it belongs to the gourd family. A native of Indian subcontinent it is used in Asian delicacies. It is one of the healthiest vegetables and has many medicinal uses. It has a uniquely bitter and crunchy taste that is found in no other vegetable.

Also Read: How to Grow Bitter Melon in Containers

13. Asparagus Bean (Long Beans)

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Also known as Chinese Long Beans, this vegetable is a staple in Asian countries and one of the best climbing and vining vegetables for containers. The bean pods grow around 20 inches and develop a tender and crisp texture. You can eat it steamed, stir-fried or tossed in curries. And you can also eat it raw.

It’s extremely hardy in warmer regions and survives with basic care. However, in cooler zones, it performs moderately. Also, you’re best off growing them in a large container with suitable soil depth and an extra trellis structure for optimum support.

14. Broad Beans

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Broad beans or fava beans grow like bush beans and resemble peas like pods. They are not very popular here and so are not very easy to come by. However, the good news is that they can be grown in cool temperatures just like bush beans. Also, they lack a deep root system and are thus not very demanding when it comes to moisture or nutrients.

15. Summer Squash

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Summer squash covers squash types like zucchini, straight neck squash, and crookneck squash. These develop fruits quickly after the vines spread and form a compact habit that grows to a manageable height of 2-4 feet, thereby making it an excellent choice for container gardeners. They also require up to seven hours of full sun daily, in addition to regular watering and a fortnightly dose of organic fertilizer.

Also Read: Productive Container Vegetables

16. Winter Squash

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Winter squash comes in a staggering number of cultivars, including acorn, Hubbard, as well as butternut squash. These vigorous vines are quick to spread, and thus a little bit tough to manage in a container, however, you can still control these by growing them vertically on a trellis and pruning intermittently. Additionally, they are cold-sensitive and despise too much water as it increases their susceptibility to seasonal pests.

17. Melons

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There are many different varieties of melons that grow in a vine form and are remarkably easy to grow in containers. Cantaloupe, as well as sugar baby watermelon, are both adaptive to container culture and survive best with occasional watering and moderate temperature. It’s advisable to cut back on watering when the melons reach a cricket ball size.

Also Read: How to Grow Watermelons in Containers


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  1. Thank you for presenting such an informative article! I like the idea of training my climbers especially my roses to grow in pots. You can also engage them on garden trellises and train them well. Just be sure to use strong-gauge galvanized wire to hold and support your climbing plants firmly. Cheap wires will rust and make it difficult for you to correct the problem when your climbers break the wires as they grow. After seeing just how beautiful they look, I will indeed experiment with growing some of the beans in containers.

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